This tower gives me hope for the future of architecture in Toronto condos.
Developers, if you're listening, more of this. Please please please. Any colour brick.
^This ain't no condo!
Precast, masonry, and caulking/sealants are all pretty well-established technologies, so I'm not sure there's much to be worried about relative to other systems we see in this city. I think window walls are a lot more problematic and represent a far greater number of failure points, and the failure points here would be easier t It all comes down to the quality of the system spec'd but it sounds and looks like they've put a real emphasis on the envelope design here.
I think the texture and colour of the brick looks great, but am I the only one who notices and/or is bothered by the fact that you can clearly see the joints between panels? This seems to be pretty much the norm when it comes to precast brick cladding solutions (even if it is real brick)--and you can even see it on other types of more expensive cladding, such as at 2 St. Thomas--and it always cheapens the overall appearance for me. I wonder if they could make panels with uneven/offset silhouettes, following the outer edge of the final bricks in each row so that each panel could interlock with the one next to it, creating a more seamless look overall. I guess it would probably be more expensive.